Germany 1911-J 5 pfennig

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Goldberg sale 100, lot 2516
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This specimen was lot 2516 in Goldberg sale 100 (Los Angeles, September 2017), where it sold for $235. The catalog description[1] noted, "Germany. 5 Pfennig, 1911-J. NGC graded Proof 64 Cameo." This coin is a copper-nickel five pfennig from a type issued 1890-1915 from the Berlin (mintmark "A"), Munich (mintmark "D"), Muldenhutten (mintmark "E"), Stuttgart (mintmark "F"), Karlsruhe (mintmark "G") and Hamburg (mintmark "J", shown here) mints. Under the German Empire of 1871-1918, the denominations of two mark and up were permitted to the formerly independent principalities while the lower denominations (one pfennig thru one mark) were minted to a unified design. Wartime shortages forced the regime to convert the coin to iron in 1915-22.

Recorded mintage: 3,116,000, a slightly better date.

Specification: copper-nickel.

Catalog reference: KM-11.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 100: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.

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